Colombia reflects its complex and unique topography, geography, and geology in a wide range of different ecosystems. Due to this variety, bird speciation has occurred throughout the territory. In the south of Colombia, the Andes are an orographic complex and constitute a single mountainous massif (The Colombian Massif), which further splits and rising into the three Andean chains or “cordilleras” (Western, Central, and Eastern).
The landscapes of the Southern Colombian Andes are dominated by High-Mountain ecosystems including the amazing Chiles, Cumbal, and Azufral volcanoes, La Cocha lagoon, and the high Sibundoy valley. To the east of the Sibundoy valley, the Andes descend abruptly towards the Amazon following “El Trampolin” route, a path full of dizzying biodiversity that zigzags in the high Andean forest to find the ecosystems of the Amazonian foot lands where´s in effect the entrance to the Amazon Rainforest. Towards the west of the valley, the route descends meandering among High-Andean and Andean Forests, humid tropical jungle of the western chain of the Andes, to make its way to the Pacific coast.
The almost intact forests, the combination of landscapes, and the confluence of ecosystems here, lead to incredible biodiversity, especially of birds. During our visit, you will have the opportunity to bird watch in different ecosystems. We will cross virgin forests with rugged topography, explore the Amazonian foothills and the Andean-Amazonian transition while contemplating the beautiful landscapes of the Andean valleys in the Colombian Massif (Above 3000 m.a.s.l). In addition, you will observe birds in the southwestern corner of the country overlooking the Pacific Ocean plus the unique bird-community of the Tropical rainforests in the Biogeographical Chocó area.
|Andean Cock of the Rock|
|Black-billed Mountain Toucan|
|Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan|
|Masked Mountain Tanager|
|Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager|
Departure / Return Location
Bogota DC IATA: BOG / Bogota DC IATA: BOG
This is a fairly standard birding tour with early morning starts and evening finishes to each day. One some days we may take picnic lunches in order to no waste time during the middle of the day or having to leave site. The weather can be unpredictable with rain and sunshine both likely. At higher altitudes it can be chilly. We have an amazing photo opportunity for many species of hummingbirds and other species coming to feeders, we will also be looking for a good number of species that are very rare and seldom seen, but we will be going to areas that hold these sought-after species.
Accomodation in Double RoomAll 4x4 vehicules or boatsAll domestic flightsAll ground private transportationAll meals B-L-DColombian Event InsuranceEntrances to all natural reservesHot drinksPrivate transfer Airport - hotel - aiportProfessional Private Birding GuideProfessional Private DriverSingle room - adicional paySnaks and waterSoda or juice with each mealVegan and Vegetarian menus
Activities not included in the itineraryAlcoholic drinksExtensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our controlInternational flights and taxesInternational phone callsLaundry serviceMedical expenses (not covered for evet insurance)Room serviceTips or gratuityToiletries
Day 1. Arrival to Bogota / Bogota
Day 2. Flight to Popayan, Quebrada Clarete & Cerro de la Eme / Popayan
Day 3. Condores de Purace & PNN Purace / Popayan
Day 4. Transfer to Pitalito, birding on the road / Pitalito
Day 5. El Encanto and Drymophila Reserve / Pitalito
Day 6. Transfer Mocoa, Birding on the road Km 51 / Mocoa
Day 7. Rumiyaco y Andes Forest / Mocoa
Day 8. Puerto Asis & Playa Rica / Mocoa
Day 9. Finca El Escondite all day / Night in Mocoa
Day 10. Biodiversity “Trampoline” / Mocoa
Day 11. Biodiversity “Trampoline” to San Francisco (Highlands) / La Cocha
Day 12. Bordoncillo Moorlands & Laguna de la Cocha / Pasto
Day 13. Grasslands Pasto & Ipiales Dry Forest, transfer Junin / Junin
Day 14. La Planada Natural Reserve / Junin
Day 15. Rio Ñambi Natural Reserve / Junin
Day 16. Bangsias Natural Reserve & Cotingas, transfer Tumaco / Tumaco
Day 17. Maragricola & Agrosavia Candelillas / Night in Tumaco
Day 18. Bocagrande Beach / Tumaco
Day 19. Mangroves of Tumaco, flight to Bogota / Bogota
Day 20. Flight home from Bogotá